Seven arrested for copper wire theft in Srinagar, say Railway police

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Railway police have busted a gang of six non-local thieves and a local woman allegedly involved in the copper wire theft in Kashmir capital Srinagar, local news agency KNT reported.

A Railway police official identified the accused as Iqbal Sheikh of Kolkata presently living at Haft Chinar, Shair Ali of West New Delhi presently living at Haft Chinar, Sahil Sheikh of New Delhi, presently living at HMT Srinagar, Haroon Suhail of New Delhi, presently at HMT, Suhaq Saleem of Kolkata, presently at HMT, Shaheen Sheikh of New Delhi presently at HMT and Nargis Alias Panna, a local of Haft Chinar Srinagar.

They were arrested from Shergari Haft Chinar and Parimpora areas of Srinagar city and OHE Copper Wire worth Rs 180,000, one Auto-Rickshaw (JK16-1304) and weapons of offence including hexa blade, cutter, rope and earthing wire have been recovered form their possession.

The accused were involved in the theft of OHE copper wire on the railway track at kilometre 56.7 committed during the intervening night of 30 and 31 March this year, a Railway official told KNT.

After this theft incident police had registered an FIR vide number 4/202 under section 379, 427, 411, 109 IPC and 104, 109, 174 Railway Act of GRPS Srinagar.

Police said that the group has been found committing the OHE wire thefts in the jurisdiction of GRPS Srinagar on the track sites by resorting to consumption of drugs provided by the accused lady and using the auto-rickshaw under question and the weapons of offense for the commission of crime.

“The accused lady herself is dealing with the scrap and is using the stolen property for means of obtaining illegally huge amount out of crime. The accused are being interrogated about their involvement in other such similar cases registered in the GRPS Awantipora, ” police said.

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